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The first cold of winter 2016-17 has officially downed the Hendrick household, folks. I bring you today’s inspiration from beneath a pile of tissues. I’m hoping it passes soon, but in the meantime, I’m very excited to decorate for the Christmas season and bring you my very best inspiration. 

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If you’re joining me from Maison de Pax, welcome! If not, I encourage you to visit- my sweet friend Rachel has such a beautiful home, and her holiday tours are always breathtaking.  

When Ashley from Cherished Bliss reached out and asked if I’d like to take place in her Christmas series, I absolutely loved the idea. Each week we will share a different aspect of our Christmas decorations, starting with Entryways. 

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Since our foyer is still under construction, I decided to share a different entryway all dressed up- our Mudroom. 

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I was thinking of the Robert Frost poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” as I decorated this space. It’s one of my favorite poems, especially the lines, ” The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep…”

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I just picture the narrator’s horse (a clydesdale in my mind) pulling a sled full of firewood and gifts as he tries to make his way home to his family on “the darkest evening of the year“. This little sled was an antique find, and I’m looking for the perfect rope to string through the steering bow. 

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Mack clipped this holly from the shrub in our yard. I loved the idea of incorporating natural elements in the display. It’s early yet for the fresh Christmas trees, but these will likely be swapped out for fraser fir clippings once we get our live tree. 

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The small landscape painting was done by my Grandfather. It’s quintessential New England, just like the poem that inspired this space. 

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I hope you enjoyed this room! The next stop on the tour is Taryn’s beautiful entryway over at Design, Dining, and Diapers. I always love her modern rustic style!

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Nina is the owner & designer of Nina Hendrick Design Company and the Nina Hendrick blog. Along with her husband Mack, she is chronicling the journey of transforming their builder-grade 80s colonial into a modern day New England dream home. Nina and Mack live in the suburbs of Boston with their three children and golden retriever Lucy.

Comments

Your mudroom is always my favorite!! <3 Absolutely gorgeous!!

Love your mudroom all decorated for Christmas!! I would love to have a mudroom…..it’s on my “wish list” for our future home! :) This is my first time visiting your blog and I really enjoyed it! I also signed up to receive your newsletter via email. Thanks for sharing – happy Thanksgiving!

So beautiful! I would love to have a mudroom! Is there some store where you can buy birch branches? I love the way they look, but where can I get them if I don’t have a birch tree?

I love your Christmas mudroom!! Can you please share your sources of your plaid pillow, lantern, and olive bucket? I love everything!! Amazing!!!

BEAUTIFUL!!! All of it!! Loved the latitude and longitude sign–can you give us a link for it???

Everything looks so pretty! I love the snowy, woodsy feel!

So pretty Loving that pillow too…with the greens being the main color! Enjoy your holidays!

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